Posted by mike on 2011/3/15 22:23:00 (988) reads
If you're a recurring visitor to this site, then you probably already know about the role that Jeep played in World War II. Regardless, it's always great to see a refreshed interest in it. Thanks to this article from MilitaryTimes.com, for reminding us of one of the reason we love the brand so much:
The appeal was immediate and obvious: a multiuse, lightweight (less than 2,300 pounds), four-wheel-drive vehicle powered by a 60-horsepower engine. The jeep could ferry troops, deliver mail and messages, and with simple modifications, ould even be converted into a mobile fast-gun platform. The best part: It did all that in the snow, sand, mud, muck and just about anything else the European or Pacific battlefields dumped in its way.
Thanks to Mark for the heads-up on the article!
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Posted: 2011/3/17 22:08 Updated: 2011/3/17 22:08
Just can't stay away
Re: WWII Jeep Love Letter
I find it interesting that the current 2 door base Wrangler with standard transmission has grown to 3760 pounds and nearly 74 inches wide. Trails were made for flatfender Jeeps. Wide bodies don't always fit. It would be nice to see a baby Wrangler with the 1.3 liter 95 HP diesel when they build a Jeep on the Panda platform. With flat fenders and solid axles!